Emily Ratajowski’s husband Sebastian Bear-McClard has issued an apology for ‘casually’ using the n-word.
The Uncut Gems producer was called out by BET’s style director Danielle Prescod on his wife’s Instagram, after Emily, 28, commented on rapper Despot’s post about Black Lives Matter.
The model wrote beneath the post, which spoke about the ‘broken system’: ‘Couldn’t have said it better. What is wrong with people? Feel so useless too.’
Prescod replied to the comment: ‘I actually have an idea. You could start by talking to your husband, a white man, who has used the n-word repeatedly in my presence. So much so that another black friend was so disgusted she left the party [where he said it]. Another black woman had the same exact experience.’
Giving Ratajkowski the benefit of the doubt, Prescod continued: ‘I know you probably have never seen this behaviour as he probably performs perfectly in your presence since literally how could he do better, but I promise you it’s true.
‘I would like you to address the issues in your home and then you can help us out here. I would like you to ask him what he can do differently. I know you are not in control of other people, but if you want to do something, you can start with that.
‘I mean this with the utmost sincerity. It was hurtful and abusive.’
Emily, who has been vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement on social media, did not respond to Ms Prescod’s comment.
However, Sebastian later posted a statement to his Twitter account.
The producer behind Uncut Gems and Good Time wrote: ‘I used a word casually like it was mine to use. It’s not, it never was, and never will be. In the past few years I’ve learned a lot about my privilege as a man and as a white person and about the history of racism in this country.
‘Owning our missteps is a crucial part of changing the way the world operates. I’m embarrassed and ashamed and I sincerely apologize to everyone who I may have hurt.’
‘I think it is hypocritical if you are not taking responsibility for things you can control in your life and your home to protect the black community.’
Emily and Sebastian tied the knot in a New York City courthouse in February 2018, just weeks after they started dating and two months after the Gone Girl star split from boyfriend of four years Jeff Magid.
The Blurred Lines video star, who has 26.5 million followers on Instagram, has been using her platform over the past week to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Yesterday, she streamed a conversation with activist Tamika D. Mallory of Until Freedom, about ‘the history of systemic racism within law enforcement, capitalism, and what the next actionable steps are for the Black Lives Matter movement’.
Both Emily and Sebastian were seen on Tuesday protesting in Los Angeles, with Ratajkowski holding up a sign reading ‘Defund The Police’.
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